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So in December I purchased this RC51 as a project to work on while the snow kept us all inside. I've owned alot of bikes over the years (Ducati's, Aprilia's Harley's) and I have always said if I was going to buy a Honda I wanted to get an RC51. I'm a firm believer motorcycles should only have 2 cylinders.

So I thought I'd post some pictures detailing the trip along the way. As it turned out the bike needed more than I had orginally thought but in the end, or near end I should say, it was fun. I love working on something that is entering the end of it's life and helping it return to former glory. This is what it looked like when I purchased it.

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Can't turn back now!









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I kept finding one thing after another that needed to be, or should be done.







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But the closer I got to the bike being completed the better I felt about the whole thing.





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And here it is as of last weekend. With these things they are never done for me but this is getting really close.













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2000 RC51
17K miles
Replaced or repaired the following:
Tires
Drive chain & sprockets
Brake & clutch lines
Clip ons
Air filters
Fork seals
All body panel mounting hardware
Wind screen
levers
Repacked all wheel bearings
Brake pads
steering head bearings
Turn signals
Fuel tank
Installed Power commander
Powder coated wheels and swingarm
Plugs
Every drop of fluids

I'm sure there is more that I have forgotten over the last 8 months. (I'm sure there's a reason behind that!)
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Nice job apeboy! (seems a little wierd calling you that) 2000's are cool. Pardon my bias. Funny, my 2000 took me about 6-7 months, and it's clock was at 16,000 mi. I got it running and started riding while finishing things up, like PC installation, exhaust, healer, etc. It's so fun to upgrade a little at a time and feel the improvements incrementally.

John, 2000 RC51 #000100

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Nice job apeboy! (seems a little wierd calling you that) 2000's are cool. Pardon my bias. Funny, my 2000 took me about 6-7 months, and it's clock was at 16,000 mi. I got it running and started riding while finishing things up, like PC installation, exhaust, healer, etc. It's so fun to upgrade a little at a time and feel the improvements incrementally.
Yeah the name kind of stuck when I owned the Aprilia. You can just call me Tom.
I have not actually rode the bike yet (It's not even plated) other than just around my neighborhood to make sure things were functioning right since I had so much of the bike apart. I don't have any pictures but at on point in time there was nothing on the stand but a frame and engine. I took some time the other day to make sure the important stuff was all tight but I need to go thru everything I had off with a torque wrench again just to make sure.

Post some pictures of yours if you get time!
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She's gorgeous bro, nice work man. at least yours came with stock fairings lol. yeah i still need to check valves and tighten everything down myself.
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